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New Libraries Branch Pages
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Bond Library Projects Overview
On November 8, 2005, residents of unincorporated DeKalb County approved a $230,000,000 Bond Referendum for the improvement of transportation, parks/greenspace, and library infrastructure. $54,540,000 is allocated for the library portion of the referendum which has 13 proposed projects - three new libraries to address populations currently unserved, four expansions of existing libraries, the replacement of five library facilities, and the upgrade of one library to improve visibility and vehicular access. Following is the complete list of projects:
How the Projects were Selected
DeKalb County has experienced major growth in areas that currently do not have easy access to a public library. Many existing libraries are undersized and open insufficient hours. To determine the areas of greatest need, public meetings were held across the county, and library users were surveyed as part of the development of a 2006-2025 Library Facilities Plan that has been adopted by the DeKalb County Public Library Board of Trustees. The 2006-2025 Library Facilities Plan is intended to move the DeKalb County Public Library from its current .38 square foot per capita space inventory to a minimum standard .6 square foot per capita level for a 2025 projected population of 938,000+ persons (an increase of over 225,000 persons above the present population). The above projects are the thirteen (13) highest priority projects in the facilities plan that are located in unincorporated areas of the county. Projects within cities were not included because city residents did not vote on the referendum.